What is explained in Isaiah chapter 6?


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This is Isaiah's vision of the almighty King when an earthly reign of over fifty years had come--or was coming--to its end. The vision of the Lord's transcendence never left Isaiah: The exaltation of Israel's great God is a frequent theme in his oracles.

"Seraphs" are part of the great variety of heavenly beings created by God (along with others such as angels, archangels and cherubim). The seraphs are bright creatures, for the word means "burning ones"; yet they hide their faces from the greater brightness and the glory of the Lord.

The theme of divine holiness is of towering importance in Isaiah. This man of God could never forget the disclosure of transcendent purity he encountered when he was called to prophetic service.

The language of fullness describes the awesome transcendence of the sovereign God, and teaches his immanence. His transcendence is not remoteness or aloofness but is known through his presence in his created world and temple.

The word "glory" is used of God in his manifestation to his creatures. God who normally hides himself from the senses occasionally made himself known in a form accessible to them, and he ultimately did so in the consummate unveiling of himself in his Son.

The people of the OT always felt a deep apprehension at the prospect of seeing God. This must have been underlined still more for Isaiah as he saw even the seraphs covering their faces in the presence of the Most High.

To serve God, Isaiah needed to be a clean instrument. Significantly, one of the seraphs is the instrument of purification administered to the prophet.

Isaiah is not coerced into service; rather, his will makes its ready response as a grateful reaction to God's forgiving grace.

Isaiah was apprised of the people's hardness of heart by the Lord Almighty, who not only knew what would occur but had planned it. The prophets did not find God's message of judgment easy to utter. They belonged to the nation they addressed and must often have wept for its sins and its certain judgment.

The devastation, great as it was to be, would not be total; but even its survivors would have to submit to further judgment. The illustration from nature introduces an element of hope. He has a continuing purpose of life for the remnant of his people. The remnant of his people in relation to his own transcendent being is condescending grace indeed!
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1 In the year that King
Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and
the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they
covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they
were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
       "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
       the whole earth is full of his glory."  4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.  5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and
I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King,
the LORD Almighty."  6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."  8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
      And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"  9 He said, "Go and tell this people:
       " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
       be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'  10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
       make their ears dull
       and close their eyes. [a]
       Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
       hear with their ears,
       understand with their hearts,
       and turn and be healed."  11 Then I said, "For how long, O Lord?"
      And he answered:
       "Until the cities lie ruined
       and without inhabitant,
       until the houses are left deserted
       and the fields ruined and ravaged,  12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away
       and the land is utterly forsaken.  13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
       it will again be laid waste.
       But as the terebinth and oak
       leave stumps when they are cut down,
       so the holy seed will be the stump in the land."
  1. Isaiah 6:10  Hebrew; Septuagint
    'You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; / you will be ever
    seeing, but never perceiving.' / 10 This people's heart has become
    calloused; / they hardly hear with their ears, / and they have closed
    their eyes 

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